Thanks W! I will put it in my agendawaleeta said:The Panel Discussion on Saturday at 2 pm will include:
ISDP - Michael Youash
US Department of State - Albert Gombis
Coalition for the Defense of Human Rights - Father Keith Roderick
USAID - Ashtar Marcus
Iraqi Christian Relief Council - Juliana Taimoraazy
Please come and ask your questions!
i think they did cause one guy was only speaking arabic which pissed me off cause im a little rusty in arabic and couldnt understand anything and i couldnt tell christin what he was saying :/ASHOOR said:Last year, Zowaa had sent some of their members from Iraq to be at the convention, including my cousin. I wonder if they have any presence this year?
In any case, it was douchebaggery of the highest order.waleeta said:I don't remember his name, but it wasn't Bashir Saadi. Actually, there were two men from ADO there, one who spoke Assyrian and one who spoke only Arabic. It was...strange. He must have known most of the audience didn't understand.
lol figures. I saw this on the agenda but didn't attend, I figured it would be a waste of time and you pretty much confirmed that W. The only arabic thing would've pi$$ed me off, but then again, same would probably go to an only-english speaking person trying to talk to an all Assyrian audience. Question though, were the questions translated to him or did he understand the English/Assyrian and reply in Arabic?waleeta said:The guy speaking Arabic was from ADO. The guy speaking perfect English was ADM (Alan Mansour).
This is the first time in ADO history that the Secretary General was not required to speak both Eastern and Western dialects of Assyrian.
I asked the ADM about our people in Iraq, and what their plans are. The ADM is still - according to them - working on getting our rights enshrined in the constitution, land dispute issues in the north, IDP assistance, and economic development of our areas. He was asked about the situation with the KRG, and his answer was simple: "the ADM is a party of practicality" and they pride themselves in that (actually, they also get a lot of criticism for that, as we expect much more from them than they do). Autonomy is impractical due to the way the law is written, the process to create it, and the population statistics of our people.
The Assyrian General Conference reiterated their desire to get an Assyrian Region like the KRG, and explained that articles 117 and 118 lay out the way to get such a region.
The ADO reiterated their support for autonomy in the KRG.
And the Assyrian Liberation Movement discussed their desire for statehood, eventually, and that we should not dismiss this as a "dream", as it is out inherent right.
There was nothing new said, but the questions were good. One of the audience members asked the ADO, basically, since they are supporting the KDP and Sarkis Aghajan, how they plan to keep the Assyrian nation from being divided, since we know the previous Ba'ath regime in Iraq formed their own Kurdish political parties to counter the KDP and therefore, they divided the Kurds (with the offer of autonomy), and since the Kurds are doing the same thing to us by creating their own political parties to divide us with the offer of autonomy, how the ADO "support" this plan without allowing the same division to happen to our people.
They answered him in Arabic. What was translated to me by my friend was that - he didn't answer the question.
Touche. But it gets me irked when someone asks a relevant question only to be dodged. You're right, it only makes them look bad but answers would be nice too.waleeta said:No Rumrum, if anyone cares even an iota, these are never a waste of time - because you can ask face to face the hard questions to the representatives and make them answer - or watch them not answer. Either way - you get your answer.